An adaptation of the Watchmen graphic novel works well for a confined, 3.5 hour film but does that work for an ongoing television series? Not so much. HBO president Casey Bloys told IGN about how showrunner Damon Lindelof will be taking some liberties with the characters and the story of the series so that it has a chance to continue being fresh, as an ongoing series should be.
“I don’t want to talk too much about it, but Damon is thinking about it in a way exactly as you describe it. Which is, how do you take the material and derive from it a TV show, without making it a literal translation?”
“Damon is one of the smartest, most passionate, most thorough writers I’ve ever worked with, so he’s really thinking about this in amazing ways. Again, I don’t want to talk about the details of it, but when you sit with him and you see the way his mind works it’s really kind of amazing.”
When asked about material being created solely for the show which isn’t from the comics, Bloys seemed positive that this will happen. Though this may worry some fans, Bloys’ words praise Lindelof work and depicts the Watchmen series as something that will definitely be worth watching. Expect more developments to come, and be sure to stay tuned for updates on all things Watchmen!
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